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Report: Raiders showing interest in tight end Jermaine Gresham

The Raiders did their homework on Jermaine Gresham before free agency began in March. That interest never materialized in a signing. But it never went away, either, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport: Oakland still has about $20 million in cap to burn; they can more than afford Gresham's price tag.  Whether or not they'd actually sign him is a different story. Since they...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at the Raiders Most Important Camp Battle

With training camp starting at the end of this month, the team at TopSportsReport has begun to analyze it.  As part of that analysis, we compiled opinions from many of our team based writers into one post that takes an in depth look at the most important camp battle for every NFL team. As part of that article, Danny O’Connor evaluated Oakland Raiders’ tight ends Lee Smith,...
Via TopSportsReport
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at the Raiders Most Important Camp Battle

With training camp starting at the end of this month, the team at TopSportsReport has begun to analyze it.  As part of that analysis, we compiled opinions from many of our team based writers into one post that takes an in depth look at the most important camp battle for every NFL team. As part of that article, Danny O’Connor evaluated Oakland Raiders’ tight ends Lee Smith,...
Via TopSportsReport
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at the Raiders Most Important Camp Battle

With training camp starting at the end of this month, the team at TopSportsReport has begun to analyze it.  As part of that analysis, we compiled opinions from many of our team based writers into one post that takes an in depth look at the most important camp battle for every NFL team. As part of that article, Danny O’Connor evaluated Oakland Raiders’ tight ends Lee Smith,...
Via TopSportsReport
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Players the Oakland Raiders could look at in the supplemental draft

The NFL supplemental draft is on Thursday and for the first time in years, there are a number of players who could very well get drafted. For those who don’t know, the supplemental draft is for players who were unable to declare for the normal draft. Often times this comes as a result of off the field issues. Terrelle Pryor, for example, opted for the supplemental draft after getting...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Who will start at running back for the Oakland Raiders?

The Oakland Raiders finished dead last rushing in the NFL last year, averaging a mere 77.5 yards per game. Their rushing attack was abysmal and will need to improve significantly if they wish to be better. Going into the offseason the Raiders did everything they could to try and remedy this situation. On the offensive line the Raiders upgraded at center adding former Kansas City...
Via isportsweb.com
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders expect more production from tight end position in 2015

The Oakland Raiders have spent 15 years looking for the right combination at the tight end position, but the team hasn't been able to find any consistent players via the draft or free agency. Coach Jack Del Rio believes the team has some talent that could break that dry spell. The team brought in Lee Smith from the Buffalo Bills while drafting Clive Walford in the 3rd round...
Via 60 Max Power O
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders prioritizing size with their new tight end group

As the roster currently stands, an average Raiders tight end is 6-foot-4 and 254 pounds.That's no coincidence. Tight ends coach Bobby Johnson said the team went hunting for "bigger humans" at that spot this offseason.“Bigger humans tend to be more durable, more physical and that’s the image and that’s the style of play we’re going to have here," Johnson told the team's official...
Via Fox Sports
May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Undrafted tight end Gabe Holmes could be a Raiders steal

With incumbent Mychal Rivera, free-agent addition Lee Smith, and new draft pick Clive Walford, the Raiders appear pretty set at tight end.But one undrafted rookie could make his case to stick as the team's fourth option this summer during training camp.Purdue's Gabe Holmes looks like a basketball player at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds. He was Preseason Mackey Award Watch player in 2013...
Via Fox Sports
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders get Derek Carr another good weapon in Clive Walford

With the 68th pick in the third round, the Oakland Raiders selected Miami Tight End Clive Walford. The Raiders have a solid pass catching tight end in Mychal Rivera and added an elite run blocking tight end in Lee Smith this offseason, but Walford is a guy that can give you both of those elements in one player. He was rated by most scouts and experts as the #2 tight end in this draft...
Via cover32
May 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders take TE Clive Walford in 3rd round

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have selected Miami tight end Clive Walford with their third-round pick in the NFL draft. The Raiders chose Walford with the 68th overall selection Friday. Walford is a versatile player who is adept at blocking and receiving. He had 121 catches for 1,753 yards and 14 touchdowns in 49 games at Miami. He joins a position group that includes...
Via AP on Fox
May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

How each Raiders free agent signing will upgrade the team

Leading into free agency, the Oakland Raiders targeted three players who were seen as difference makers. The kind of player where adding him alone would represent a big upgrade to the team. Unfortunately for the Raiders, none of them ended up in Oakland with Randall Cobb re-signing with the Green Bay Packers, Ndamukong Suh signing with the Miami Dolphins and DeMarco Murray signing...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders' Free Agency Report Card

No other team in the NFL has signed more free-agents than the Oakland Raiders. After posting a 3-13 overall record in 2014, the Raiders are among the teams needing fresh faces the most heading into next season.With free agency slowing down after two weeks, it's now time to evaluate the team's roster moves.Rodney Hudson, center: After signing Hudson to a historic $44.5 million contract...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Plan of Attack for the 2015 NFL Draft

With the Draft just over the horizon, it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Tampa Bay Bucs and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  The Oakland Raiders are up on this cool...
Via DraftSeason
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at Roles for Raiders FA Signees

View image | gettyimages.com The Oakland Raiders announced their 10th free agent signing of the offseason with a two-year deal worth up to $8 million in place with running back Trent Richardson.  The former No. 3 overall draft pick will look to join a long list of successful reclamation projects in the history of the Silver and Black.  This is his third team and the man will...
Via TopSportsReport
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading week one of Raiders free agency

The first week of free agency is up… well almost, it started on Tuesday March 10 so there is technically one day left to the first week but who’s counting. In that first week, the Oakland Raiders have signed nine players: Center Rodney Hudson Defensive tackle Dan Williams Linebacker Malcolm Smith Linebacker Curtis Lofton Running back Roy Helu Quarterback Christian Ponder...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Biggest remaining needs for the Oakland Raiders

With the first three days of free agency now in the books, the Oakland Raiders have added seven new players to the roster: Linebacker Malcolm Smith Linebacker Curtis Lofton Defensive Tackle Dan Williams Safety Nate Allen Center Rodney Hudson Running back Roy Helu Tight end Lee Smith With those signings, the Raiders have clearly aimed to upgrade their run game and their run defense...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders sign 7; more likely

The Raiders yesterday announced the signing of six of the players with which they had agreed to contract terms over the negotiation window and free agency. Today, the Raiders have also announced the addition of safety Nate Allen to their roster, their seventh player of free agency to date. The players the Raiders have signed as of publishing are: Rodney Hudson, center, 25 years old...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Recent Signings Give Oakland Raiders Long-Lost Identity

As many football fans well know, the Oakland Raiders have been bad for a long time. They've sported an offense that can't get out of its own way and a defense that's been downright offensive to watch.But the Raiders' recent free-agent signings indicate the team is bringing back a part of itself that's been missing for too long—an identity.The acquisitions of center Rodney Hudson...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders are managing their salary cap to resign their draft picks

Free agency is in full swing and the first two days are in the books. The Raiders have added 5 free agents so far with two in negotiations and more visits scheduled. Over the weekend while Raider Nation was waiting for the official signing period to start, there were reports of the biggest name, Lions DT Ndomukong Suh already going to the Dolphins. The coveted WR from Green Bay,...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders focused on the run game in free agency

The Oakland Raiders were pathetic at running the ball in 2014 and before Latavius Murray was given a shot at carrying the rock, the team was on pace to have the worst rushing attack in the modern era of football. Part of the problem was the offensive line which struggled to open holes, especially on the interior of the line. Part of the problem was the dynamic duo of duds in Maurice...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders reach deals with DT Dan Williams, LB Curtis Lofton

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders bolstered their front seven on Wednesday by agreeing to contracts with free agent defensive tackle Dan Williams and linebacker Curtis Lofton. Lofton said in a text to The Associated Press that he had agreed to a three-year deal with the Raiders. A person with knowledge of the deal said Williams has agreed to a contract pending a physical...
Via AP on Fox
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders don’t impress on first day of free agency

The Oakland Raiders were supposed to be going after big time upgrades in free agency, instead, they disappointed most of their fans on day one. After talk of guys like Randall Cobb and Ndamukong Suh, the Raiders ended up with Malcolm Smith, Lee Smith and Roy Helu. Not exactly names that are going to knock you on your butt with excitement. The one guy who was supposed to be the big...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Quick analysis: The Oakland Raiders are a mess

The Oakland Raiders entered free agency with over $55 million in cap room. General manager Reggie McKenzie was expected to make serious runs at defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and receiver Randall Cobb, perhaps even the favorite to land the duo. Instead, Oakland has been outdone by the other 31 teams, leaving it in terrible position. The Raiders have signed center Rodney Hudson to...
Via Bloguin Best
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Quick analysis: The Oakland Raiders are a mess

The Oakland Raiders entered free agency with over $55 million in cap room. General manager Reggie McKenzie was expected to make serious runs at defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and receiver Randall Cobb, perhaps even the favorite to land the duo. Instead, Oakland has been outdone by the other 31 teams, leaving it in terrible position. The Raiders have signed center Rodney Hudson to...
Via This Given Sunday
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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